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A True Measuring Line

From the January 1972 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Today we have countless methods of measuring everything, from the condition of the body to the success of international activities. And in between we can measure such things as interpersonal, social, business, government, church, artistic, technical, and educational matters. Is it possible to have orderly and harmonious progress without ways of measuring that become restrictive systems?

The prophet Zechariah had a vision.See Zech. 2; He saw an angel stopping a young man with a measuring line in his hand from measuring the breadth and length of Jerusalem. It wasn't suitable or necessary to put a wall around the city. Walls, for centuries, had stood for protection, but Zechariah had a bold vision. His spiritual sense saw beyond the limited concepts of his time. He saw that the systematic process or technique of measuring for a wall could be a danger. It could lead to limitation. It could block the city's future and stultify its progress.

Are we ready for such a bold vision in our times? Deep spiritual understanding opens the way.

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